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Things to do when moving into a new home

FALLBROOK – Want a hassle-free move? The key is to be organized and plan your move well in advance. We've got you covered:

Six weeks before:

• Buy moving supplies such as boxes, tape, bubble wrap and other moving essentials.

• Downsize belongings. This will help save money on your move. Sell or donate anything you don't want to bring into your new house.

• Give your current employer proper notice of your leave.

• Notify current service providers – power, cable, cellphone company, and mail subscriptions to transfer or cancel.

• Start making an inventory of all the items to be moved. This will be helpful for you to have more accurate moving quotes.

• If you wish to hire a moving company, start contacting them to get quotes and check availability.

• Start packing seldom-used items. It will be much easier to pack each room at a time. Don't forget to label the boxes.

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• Pay all your outstanding utility bills.

• Get medical records. That includes your pet's too.

• Set aside your first night essentials, valuables, or any items the movers will not transport.

• Have mail forwarded.

• Consume perishable food items that will not be brought to the new home.

• Stock up on prescriptions you will need in the next couple of weeks.

Moving day!

• Have cash on hand for tipping movers, traveling expenses, and any emergencies.

• Manage and make sure you have everything.

Settling in:

• Unpack.

• Clean. Don't forget to replace the toilet seat!

• Change your locks.

• Set up all utilities in your name and new address.

• Locate the fuse box and water valve.

• Look up new doctors, dentists, child care, and all other necessary services in your new city and transfer all your medical records.

• If you've moved out of state, register your vehicles and get a new driver's license with your new address.

• Why not celebrate and throw a housewarming party! It's also a nice way to meet your new neighbors.

Ready to make a move? If you have questions feel free to contact an agent at Broadpoint Properties.

This article first appeared on Broadpoint Properties' website,

Submitted by Elisabeth Hartig Lentulo, broker associate, who can be reached at 760-532-1057, [email protected] or CalBRE #01904564


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